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H160 enters into service in US with PHI Aviation
This first US-based H160 will be used by PHI in a route-proving programme designed to demonstrate its capabilities in the offshore environment prior to beginning commercial operations.
The H160 is bound for the Gulf of Mexico to support offshore operations.

Global energy helicopter services provider PHI Aviation has taken delivery of the first H160 in the US. It is also the first of the initial four H160 helicopters that PHI will operate for offshore transportation in the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to beginning commercial operations, the helicopter will be used in a route-proving programme designed to demonstrate its capabilities in the demanding offshore environment. This will help facilitate a smooth entry into service, ensuring the operator and final customer are familiar with the aircraft's advanced technology and safety features.

“This is an exciting milestone for our teams and partners,” says Group CEO Scott McCarty. “The H160 represents a new era for PHI, enhancing our commitment to safety, quality and efficiency for our operations in the Gulf of Mexico. We are proud to officially welcome this next-generation aircraft into our fleet as we kick off route-proving. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this achievement possible.”

“The H160 has set a new tech standard in the helicopter industry, and we are pleased that US customers will now benefit from the aircraft's superior performance,” adds Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “The H160's lower fuel consumption, its ability to use up to 50 per cent blended SAF, comfortable cabin and excellent cockpit visibility make it ideally suited for offshore operations, and we are confident that it will excel in PHI's energy missions.”

The H160 has proven to be a popular choice for customers in North America, and the first Canadian delivery of the helicopter type was made recently to Chartright Air Group. The H160 has already entered into service in Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, France and many other European countries.

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